When Leader Tread needed a new automated business management and accounting solution, it decided on Sage Evolution based on the product’s ease of use, flexibility and affordability. Since it went live with Sage Evolution, the company has benefitted from more accurate financial reporting, better controls, and streamlined business processes.

Based in Johannesburg and with a footprint extending as far as Europe, Israel, the rest of Africa, and Madagascar, Leader Tread is a manufacturer and supplier of precured rubber products for retreading.

The company also provides retreading factory training and maintenance including warehouse management programs and factory audits. Leader Tread’s Financial Director, Andrew Summers, says: “When searching for a new system, user-friendliness was our utmost priority. Sage Pastel’s products are by far the most efficient and easy to use that I have come across.”

Sage Evolution provides Leader Tread with an integrated view of a business and is perfect for automated branch accounting, with the ability to include several add-on modules as the business grows and diversifies.

Leader Tread installed Sage Evolution in June 2010, with implementation taking approximately one month. “We received great support from Sage Pastel’s implementation partner, E-SSist, who continues to give us technical assistance and support,” says Summers By incorporating Sage Evolution’s add-on modules – including integrated warehouse, tracking and barcoding – Leader Tread has been able to seamlessly customise the system to its evolving needs.

After battling with a difficult-to-use accounting system, Leader Tread now enjoys Sage Pastel’s Business Intelligence Centre (BIC), which automates reporting and provides valuable business insights to improve performance and competitiveness. “Before, the system would often be incorrect.

Now we are more informed and receive accurate information on time,” says Summers. Leader Tread also uses Sage Pastel’s BIC for monthly management.

Leader Tread currently has over 20 users on the Sage Evolution system including managers, invoice managers, and account executives. Users can log onto the system through remote access via their laptops from any location and all their work updates in real time onto the central database. “Sage Evolution has cut time spent on administration and has freed up staff tremendously,” Summers says. There has also been an overall increase in productivity from the staff. “Time is now spent on managing the business, not managing the system,” he adds.